Loyola University Maryland

ALANA Services


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Rodney Parker

Rodney Parker

I am Rodney Parker from Wilson, NC and serve as the Director of ALANA Services. I obtained my BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!). Later, I received my Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke University (Go Blue Devils!). I came to Loyola more than eight years ago and worked with the dynamic Center for Community Service and Justice staff. After the first two and a half years at Loyola, I joined the ALANA team in the Spring 2005. My job responsibilities include providing leadership for the ALANA team. I am currently working on my doctoral degree in Pastoral Counseling. In my spare time, I like to read, hang out with friends, and listen to all types of music.


Raven Williams
Associate Director

I am Raven Williams, Associate Director of ALANA Services and I am elated to be a part of the Loyola family!  I am a native of Saginaw, Michigan (approx. an hour and 30 minutes north of Detroit).  I have been working in higher education for eight years, starting my career at Saginaw Valley State University as the GEAR UP Program Coordinator providing early college awareness programs for middle and high school students, and later transitioning as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Services.  As the Associate Director of ALANA Services, I assist our director with the retention and support services for students of color, as well as staff supervision and implementing leadership training and development opportunities.  I received my bachelor’s degree in Communication from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI and my master’s degree in Administrative Science/Public Administration from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI.  My next academic goal is to begin working on my doctoral degree.  In my spare time, I love anything related to music, church, sports, traveling, shopping, and exploring new restaurants.  The one thing people will learn about me quickly is that I’m a social butterfly and I love people!  Most importantly, I love helping students!

Cristina Garcia 

Cristina Garcia
Assistant Director

I, Cristina Caridad Garcia, was born and raised in Yonkers, New York and joined the ALANA team as the Assistant Director in July of 2011. Before coming to Loyola, I was at Davidson College for one and a half years where I served as the Diversity Program Advisor and Area Coordinator. I obtained my B.A. in English at Siena College near Albany NY in 2007 and my Masters in College & Agency Counseling at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in 2009.  My responsibilities within the ALANA team include the oversight of programming, leadership development and student organizations, as well as supervision of our Graduate Assistants and support to the Associate Director and Director with the daily operations of the office. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my dog (Shadow), as well as playing tennis, swimming, spinning, listening to music, cooking, exploring the greater Baltimore area and most of all spending time with my family and close friends.

 Hong-yu Li

Hong-yu Li
Administrative Assistant

My name is Hong-yu Li. I was born and raised in China. In August of 2009 I joined Loyola University. Throughout my four-years of service at Loyola University as a Communication/Public Safety Officer, I have provided excellent customer service to Loyola students, faculty, staff, parents and Loyola community members. I have assisted Loyola students, faculty, staff, parents and Loyola community members with their various needs, and I have ensured the safety of Loyola community. I appreciate professional challenges and as such joined the ALANA team on September 16thof 2013. My responsibilities are to provide a wide range of receptionist, secretarial and clerical support to the Director, Mr. Rodney Parker, as well as office management duties, and to work collaboratively with the Associate Director, Kimberly Turner, and the Assistant Director, Cristina Garcia, to provide supervision for student employees and to assist with the coordination of major ALANA programs and initiatives. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I also like outdoor activities such as hiking, sightseeing, touring, and I enjoy contemporary Christian music. I enjoy working hard and playing smart!

 Dipo Adedeji

Oladipo Adedeji
Graduate Assistant
Academic & Career Enrichment


I am Oladipo Adedeji, and I am proud to be Yoruba. My parents immigrated from Nigeria to Queens, New York where I was born. Throughout my childhood, I lived in Michigan, Texas, and Maryland. I now consider Bowie, Maryland my home. I obtained my B.S. in Psychology from Bowie State University. I first came to Loyola during the Preview Week 2013 and fell in love with the level of diversity, cohesiveness, and insight the Loyola community possessed regarding to my career goals. While serving ALANA, my overall responsibility is to hold fun, memorable events that highlight students' heritage while evaluating ALANA's impact in helping students attain their academic and career goals. I am currently aiming to attain my M.S. in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola.  My interests include singing, comic books (American and manga), the Bible, martial arts, hanging out with family and friends, and meeting new people.

Krista Wallace

Krista Wallace
Graduate Assistant
Leadership Development & Cultural Programming

I am Krista, the Leadership Development and Cultural Programing Graduate Assistant. I will be working closely with student leaders on collaboration and leadership programs, as well as working directly with ALANA student organizations to coordinate heritage celebrations and manage other ALANA social events.  I am a proud Baltimore native who has always aspired to positively impact the lives of children and young adults. I attended Baltimore City College High school, and then went to Howard University in Washington D.C. earning a degree in Human Development. You can catch me listening to anything from jazz to hip-hop to classical music. I also love to read, shop, play board games and learn about different cultures. Currently, I'm enrolled in the School of Education at Loyola studying School Counseling. Upon completing graduate school I would like to work with inner-city high school students in Baltimore and eventually become a college advisor.


Kasey Quinn                                                                                                                Graduate Assistant
Research & Retention

I, Kasey Quinn, am excited to be a part of the ALANA Services staff as the Research and Retention Graduate Assistant. My main responsibilities include managing the ALANA Mentoring Program and conducting research to examine how ALANA Services can continue to best serve students. I earned my B.A. in religion from Goucher College where after I also worked in residence life after completing my degree. I am currently enrolled in Loyola's graduate program in school counseling. When I’m not busy with school or work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball, volunteering, gardening, and traveling.

ALANA Student Assistants

Abigail Lordson-Banini

Ysabel Ortiz

Abena Baffoe-Bonnie

Nathaniel Hong